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PM, Parliament Speaker, UNM's Bakradze to Meet
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 6 Jul.'13 / 12:21

UNM parliamentary minority leader, Davit Bakradze, will meet PM Bidzina Ivanishvili on Saturday.

Parliament speaker, Davit Usupashvili, will also to be present at the meeting, which will be held in PM’s private seaside residence in Ureki in western Georgia.

“It will be a good opportunity to discuss all the important issues that the country is facing,” MP Davit Bakradze told journalists in Tbilisi on Saturday noon before heading to Ureki. “I am going to raise at the meeting all those issues, which are important for the society and for the opposition. I expect from the Prime Minister and the parliament speaker to raise the issues, which they think is important for the authorities.”

He said that in the existing “tense” political situation between UNM and the Georgian Dream coalition “dialogue is not easy, but I was not hesitant even a second” when agreeing on the meeting.

“I hope today’s meeting will not be just for the sake of a meeting itself and will have concrete positive results,” said Bakradze.

Parliament speaker, Davit Usupashvili, said on July 5 that a proposal to hold a meeting with UNM parliamentary minority leader aimed at discussing a comprehensive constitutional reform, which the Georgian Dream coalition wants to carry out within year.

“It is a political decision of the [GD parliamentary] majority group to improve the constitution in three stages. First two stages involve making urgent amendments and the third stage will be fundamental revamp of the constitution,” Usupashvili said.

The first stage, he said, has already been implemented when the Parliament unanimously passed constitutional amendments cutting presidential powers to appoint new government without Parliament’s approval.

The second stage is currently underway as public discussions are ongoing on number of constitutional changes proposed by the GD.

Usupashvili said that the third stage will involve creation of the state constitutional commission, which will discuss a comprehensive constitutional reform.

“This commission will work for about one year in order to at last have such a constitution in which there will be no need any more to introduce amendments for several times every year,” Usupashvili said.

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